Meet the board

Kelly Murillo
Kelly MurilloPresident
I am thrilled to take part in the current CCLD incentives and I am honored to become CCLD President this year. My instructional background is in special education and Literacy, Language and Culture. I started out my career in rural Southern Colorado working with Migrant families and developing curriculum aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards and the Language Acquisition Standards. I am excited to bring my love and appreciation for culturally, linguistically diverse education to the CCLD Board. I hold multiple teaching endorsements and an administrative license.

In addition to my passion for culture, travel and language, I am very eager to continue and deepen my knowledge with tying best teaching practices to brain-based research. At Johns Hopkins University, I learned to create rigors and nurturing teaching environment through many aspects of the Brain Targeted Teaching Model.

My husband and I raise our children in a dual language household and I am passionate about acquiring and learning multiple languages. We enjoy running our daughters around to dance, ballet, gymnastics, soccer and swimming. Most importantly, we enjoy spending time with extended family and friends.

Annemarie Dempsey
Annemarie DempseySecretary
My name is Annemarie Dempsey. Over 20 years ago I recognized my calling when I started working with students with special needs as a TA at a residential treatment facility in Massachusetts. Since then I earned my Masters in Special Education from UCD and have spent time working in elementary and secondary schools in Adams 14, Boulder Valley, and DPS. I found my home in the Cherry Creek School District and have enjoyed working with middle school students for the past 16 years. Additionally, I am a district Phonics Boost Trainer, a co-facilitator of the district-wide SLD Literacy Study Team, was the Special Education Department Coordinator at Laredo Middle School, and have earned my Math Interventionist Certificate. Presently I am proud to be a Bruin as a Learning Specialist at Cherry Creek High School. My husband, Dave, and I enjoy spending time in the mountains with our three children (ages 11, 9, and 7) when we are not running them to soccer, gymnastics, scouts and other activities.
Lisa Blosser
Lisa BlosserNewsletter
I am Lisa Blosser. I thought about being a teacher in third grade, and many of my early work experiences led me to the profession as well. I began working in educational settings straight out of college. I worked with runaway, homeless, and delinquent youth. I was a counselor in a group home for deaf and developmentally disabled women. I was also a teacher’s aid before I went back to school for my license and degree in special education.

I began my teaching career in 1995 in the Denver Public Schools/Cleo Wallace Day Treatment Program. It was a true lesson in differentiation because I had students ranging from kindergarten through 5th grade in one classroom. After that, I served as the Special Needs Coordinator at Regis Jesuit High School, and I taught for a time in the Sheridan School District. I have also taught at Littleton Academy, a K-8, Core Knowledge charter school.

This year, I am back with older students. I’m a special education teacher at Littleton High School. I look forward to the new challenges and achievements of the students.

I also love to spend time with my husband, Troy, and my two children, Alec (21years) and Paige (15 years). Watching movies is one of our family’s favorite activities, and we love to travel when we can. I enjoy writing fiction and playing the folk harp; but when I have the time, there is nothing I like better than getting lost in a great book.

Kathy Oviatt
Kathy OviattCourage to Risk Representative
I am Kathy Oviatt. A Colorado native, I graduated from Arapahoe High School and then received my undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in secondary English education. I spent several years outside of education, managing a retail bookstore and being a stay-at-home mother for my two children, Hannah and Sam. Realizing my true passion was teaching, I returned to education. I earned my Master of Arts in Special Education also from the UNC. After spending over ten years working with students with learning disabilities in the middle school, I currently teach at Northglenn High School as a learning specialist. Working in the high school the past fifteen years, I have taught English and math as well as co-teaching with general education teachers. I found my membership in CCLD allows me to develop my professional skills and to interact with others in the field. Attending Math on the Planes and Courage to Risk have been invaluable to my growth as a teacher and educator. Through CCLD and Adams State, I earned my Math Interventionist Certificate. I am excited to start on my fourth year on the CCLD board and to represent CCLD on the Courage to Risk board.
Veronica Fielder
Veronica FielderCDE Representative
After working for 20 years in K12 schools, I came to work with CDE in August of 2017. I hold a BA in English, an MA in Information Learning Technologies and a Colorado teaching license with endorsements in English Language Arts and Special Education. As a special educator, I am inspired by technology and its ability to create accessible learning experiences for students with special needs. I am passionate about education and feel honored to support Colorado educators with developing systems and employing practices that promote mastery of content and skills for diverse learning communities. When I am not working, I like to read, travel to foreign lands, explore the depths of oceans and the tops of mountains, and gallop horses through the forests of the Rocky Mountains.